Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –
The South African ambassador to Uganda, a former columnist for South Africa's Sunday Sun paper, was found guilty of hate speech in an anti-gay article.
South Africa's Equality Court fined Jon Qwelane $14,450 and ordered him to apologize for promoting hatred in the column published in 2008 titled "Call me names but gay is NOT OKAY". It caused an uproar at the time.
Qwelane, appointed last year to Uganda where homosexual acts are illegal, did not mount a defense.
Vincent Moaga, spokesman for the South African Human Rights Commission, applauded the decision and said money from the fine would be donated to gay rights organizations.
Meanwhile, a lesbian who was brutally tortured in Uganda, is fighting her deportation from the UK. Betty Tibikawa, 22, was “branded” with a hot iron as punishment for her sexual identity.
"I can't sleep and I'm having terrible nightmares about what will happen to me if I'm sent back to Uganda. My family has disowned me because I'm a lesbian and I'm convinced I'd be killed, if I'm sent home.”
Human Rights Watch spokeswoman Gauri van Gulik said: "Our research has shown that many cases of women like Betty are not taken seriously by the UK Border Agency. “Unfortunately women who suffer this kind of violence have serious difficulty claiming asylum.”
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